Monday, March 31, 2008

Czech PM Says US Radar Deal Almost Ready

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PRAGUE - An agreement on building part of a U.S. missile defense shield in the Czech Republic is almost ready for signing, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek was quoted as saying on Monday.

The United States wants to build a radar in the Czech Republic and place interceptor rockets in Poland as part of a system it says is intended to shield the United States and Europe from missile attacks by “rogue” states such as Iran.

Russia has fiercely opposed the plan, which would site U.S. military installations in its Soviet-era satellite states, and views it as a threat to its security.

“I have information that hopefully the last problems have been removed in the main agreement,” Topolanek told the daily Hospodarske Noviny in an interview.

He said an agreement may be announced at the NATO summit in Bucharest on April 2-4, and signed within weeks, but added that unspecified “conditionals” still remained.


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